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Pitching is the lifeblood of a DFS lineup, and an important part of keeping those tabs open deep into the night. For those new with us, the Pitching Pulse is focused on providing information on four to five pitchers that are viable in various formats. This is a premium article that will give away one free preview pitcher, while the rest will be for premium members. We take a deep dive into pitchers across all salaries, looking for exploitable matchups, game theory plays, and identify the nightly chalk. Our information comes from our optimizer, FanGraphs, and other various MLB sites listed below. Feel free to comment below, or find us on Twitter at @BrentHeiden1, @JGuilbault11, and @dfcafe. We focus on Main Slates across all content, but will feature blurbs about other slates at times, and can be reached via Twitter or comments.

Kenta Maeda (R) vs Philadelphia Phillies

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This game features two of the more expensive pitching options on this slate, and Kenta Maeda has plenty of strikeout upside in this spot against Philadelphia. Maeda has been excellent this season with a 30.9% strikeout rate, 3.23 xFIP, and 14.8% swinging-strike rate. Hitters have just a 68.4% contact rate against him this season, and he works ahead in the count 60% of the time. Maeda has still allowed hard-contact to lefties at 41.4% this season, but has allowed a .316 wOBA and .152 ISO. There is a possibility Cesar Hernandez sits out, which gives a lesser contact bat an opportunity to fill-in. Maeda has a whiff rate of 47% with his slider that he uses 27% of the time. Only two bats have over a 70% contact rate against the pitch, one his Hernandez, while the other is Carlos Santana. His changeup has a 52% whiff rate, and only Odubel Herrera has over a 70% whiff rate, but barely by .03. Maeda is a solid option for all formats.

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